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Adopting your stepchild: Things to consider

iStock-1132579618.jpgLegally adopting your stepchild is a big step. Doing so offers a lot of benefits, the main one being that you and your stepchild officially become "family." That gives you certain rights to custody and visitation if you and your spouse divorce. It also imposes a support obligation on you for that child's welfare. Your stepchild also gains inheritance rights and the right to important benefits if you should die.

Support for a disabled child's needs

iStock-1137349662.jpgWhen a child has special needs, you know that there are often unexpected expenses waiting around every corner. Many of those needs should be factored into a request for child support so that you -- as your child's primary physical custodian -- don't end up footing an uneven part of the bills.

Who gets what? Understanding property division in your divorce

Who-gets-what.jpgMoney disputes can be among the biggest conflicts in a marriage, so a lot of couples are opting to keep separate bank accounts in addition to a "household" account that's jointly owned and used to pay the bills. That way, each spouse retains control over their own money and a certain measure of financial autonomy from the other spouse.

Protect your special needs child following divorce

special-child.jpgBeing the parent of a special needs child can be daunting and lonely. It may often feel like nobody quite understands exactly what struggles you're going through -- nor do they understand your fears for your child's future. After all, children with special needs eventually become adults with special needs.

Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Michael, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization